Critical Care Procedures

Fellows at UC Davis have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of procedures. With no interventional fellows and a closed ICU, the UC Davis pulmonary and critical care fellows hone their skills to prepare for independent practice in the full range of Critical Care procedures. Initial training for most procedures takes place at the UC Davis Medical Center Simulation Suite.

Critical Care Procedures include:

  • Central Line Placement
  • Ultrasound Procedure Guidance
  • Basic Point-of-Care Echocardiography
  • Lung and Pleural Ultrasonography
  • Vascular Ultrasonography
  • Advanced Ventilator Management (HFOV)
  • Percutaneous Tracheotomy
  • Tube Thorocostomy
  • Invasive Cardiac Monitoring


UC Davis offers an ultrasound curriculum and all fellows receive training during their orientation periods in the first year.


Fellows log well over 100 Bronchoscopies during their program, including:

  • Transbronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoplasty
  • Hi-dose Rate Brachytherapy
  • ND: Yag Laser Bronchoscopy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Tracheobronchial Stent Placement
  • Whole Lung Lavage
  • Navigational Assist Bronchoscopy (electro, CT)
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (linear and peripheral mini-probe)
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Experimental Projects